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- How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word, given its level of difficulty.
- Whether or not the poem adheres to the poem requirements for the contest.
- Precision: structure, meter, rhyme, syntax, etc.
- Personality: creative imagery, language, metaphor, etc.
- Power: makes you laugh, cry, want, sigh, think, dream, wince, scream, etc.
- Plus One: it is a poem you feel drawn to share with another person for whatever reason.
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Here are the poems:
4-paunch what does it mean?
How to Eat a Frog: A Snake’s Manual
By Buffy Silverman
Flick your tongue and taste the smells
of mucky snails and crayfish shells.
Weave your way through marshy grass,
past the lodge where Muskrat dwells.
Blink your eyelids. Slide, explore…
Slow and stealthy… wait to score.
Watch each ripple in the pond,
glide along the swampy shore.
Lunge and grab! Your mouth’s agape,
an endless cave with no escape.
Inhale the head. Legs dangle out–
Muscle down that froggy shape.
Feel the bulging deep within,
a swollen paunch that stretches skin.
Enjoy your meal, your lump of blisssssss,
guaranteed to make you grin.
14-philanthropic what does it mean?
By Janie Marie Lazo
Robin and his Merry Men had philanthropic flair.
Fearlessly they lived a life most people wouldn’t dare.
To some they were brave rebels- to others, common thieves.
Sherwood Forest keeps such secrets in her hushed and listening leaves.
Now Robin loved a maiden who was captive to the King.
Maid Marian soon was Robin’s spy- what daring, love does bring!
Little John, an expert marksman- with his bow could save the day.
Will Scarlett with two swinging swords would keep the guards at bay.
This fearsome band of brothers, aided by a maiden fair,
Planned a heist within the castle and the plunder they would share.
So they robbed the King and took the loot and gave some to the poor.
But not purely philanthropic, to themselves they did give more!
They were righting some injustice- such a noble thing to do.
But true charity means giving when the gift is not for you.
And doing good for others should be innocent and fun,
And it shouldn’t lead to jail time when your do-good deed is done!